Access to the Fairfax Digital Archives site (publisher of the Newcastle Herald)http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/newsSearch.ac is now free. From this site you can keyword search articles and access the full text. Pictures are not available.
The time period covered by this archive is from approximately 1990 to present, varying depending on the newspaper. This ties in with our subscription to the Sydney Morning Herald archives, which covers the years 1955-1995 (see previous blog post). Pictures are available from this subscription.
Information Services also keeps hard copies of The Post, entire copies are now available online. The online archives for this paper extend back to January 2009. They are not indexed, readers need to browse the paper online. The Lakes Mail and Star are also available online with archives extending back until 2007 for The Lakes Mail and 2000 for The Star.